Sex offender jailed after systematic abuse of young girl 

Sex offender jailed after systematic abuse of young girl 

Sex offender jailed after systematic abuse of young girl

A Scunthorpe man who systematically abused a young girl over a period of seven years has been jailed for a number of child sex offences.

Jason Hickling, 43, of Frodingham Road, Scunthorpe, admitted six offences of sexual activity with a child and another of engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child.

Grimsby Crown Court heard how the victim was left anxious, tearful, isolated and frightened after suffering extreme damage from a period of prolonged grooming and exploitation.

Hickling had sex with her on at least 11 occasions and she was powerless to resist because of his bullying.

He also touched her intimately and behaved in a sexual way in her presence.

She has been left frightened, fearing that people would think it was all her fault and had suffered from anxiety and suicidal thoughts since.

“She was anxious constantly about what had happened to her,” said Michael Greenhalgh, prosecuting.

“She doesn’t know if she will ever move on from what has happened. It’s always there.

“She is tearful regularly. It plays over in her mind very often.”

The girl said that Hickling had “destroyed her childhood”.

Hickling acknowledged his improper behaviour and had shown remorse, although he later minimised the effect of what he had done.

Hickling had no previous convictions and reported himself to police by telephone

Judge Ahmed Nadim told Hickling:

“You engaged in systematic abuse that escalated in its seriousness with the passage of time.

“Your offending spanned a period of seven years. You did not use any form of contraception.

“You reported yourself to police by making a telephone call.

“It was not done because you were riven by guilt and motivated by remorse but by the feeling that the game was up and you were about to be reported to the authorities.”

Jason Hickling was jailed for eight-and-a-half years and was given an indefinite sexual harm prevention order.

He must register as a sex offender for life.

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